Faculty Use of the World Wide Web: Modeling Information Seeking Behavior in a Digital Environment Page: 1
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It is an old maxim that the first place most faculty members look for information
is within their own personal library. If the information cannot be located there, then they
look in a colleague's library. If they still have not found the needed information, then
maybe they will look in a library. The above may seem humorous, but similar stories
were reported in the literature. (See Curtis, Weller, & Hurd, 1993, p. 383; and Hemron,
1984, p. 406.)
Increasingly, the second and third scenarios recounted above are being replaced
by faculty members' use of the Intemrnet to query colleagues for needed information or to
access remote Web sites and databases to obtain information for their research. (The term
Internet will be used interchangeably with Web and WWW to represent the network of
networks by which computer users communicate, exchange files, and access information
from remote sites.) The Intemrnet offers the new avenues of database searching, optical
disk products, full-text electronic documents, and E-mail for faculty members to access
information. In his book, Rossman (1992) described a developing "electronic university."
A key component of this new "electronic university" was the electronic library.
And today a university library is less and less a place for books and printed
materials alone; it also supplies the scholar with resource materials such as...
CD-ROM and computer diskettes, and on-line data bases with interconnections
that are increasingly international. Many universities have merged their libraries
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Fortin, Maurice G. Faculty Use of the World Wide Web: Modeling Information Seeking Behavior in a Digital Environment, dissertation, December 2000; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc2723/m1/8/: accessed July 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .